Your winner. Oh, um: Spoiler alert. (AP Photo/The Odessa American, Courtney Sacco)

Below you will find each year of each presidency since Harry S. Truman, ranked. Before we get to that, we will answer any questions you might have.

Why did you do this?

Next question.

What criteria did you use to assess the year?

First, we looked at the net change in a president's approval between February of a year and the following January, using Gallup polling (after averaging all of the polls in the month). Then, in case of a tie, we applied Our Own Subjective Decision-Making (or, OOSDM) to pick between the years that were tied. So, for example, Ronald Reagan's approval dropped 16 points in his first year -- the same as John F. Kennedy's dropped in his third year. But we decided that Reagan's 1981 was better than Kennedy's 1963. Which hopefully is understandable.

Hey, dummy, did you know that years go from January to December? Why'd you use February to January?

Ignoring the hostility for a moment: This was done because presidents start their terms in late January (Lyndon Johnson being one of the exceptions). In some cases, there was no polling in a February or a January, so we used the next-closest month. In the case of Gerald Ford taking over for Richard Nixon, we split that year in two.

Are there graphs?

Yes, but we decided against making 68 graphs because ... we were feeling indolent. So we made interesting ones.

I disagree with your decisions!

Literally no one cares. Also, that's not a question.


The ranking

68. George H. W. Bush, year 3 (1991): -33


(The dotted line indicates missing data.)

67. Nixon, year 5 (1973): -30


66. Jimmy Carter, year 4 (1980): -21


65. Harry Truman, year 5 (1950): -21
64. Ford, year 1 (1974): -21
63. George W. Bush, year 2 (2002): -21
62. Kennedy, year 3 (1963): -16


61. Reagan, year 1 (1981): -16
60. Barack Obama, year 1 (2009): -15


59. Reagan, year 6 (1986): -15
58. Truman, year 4 (1949): -15
57. Dwight Eisenhower, year 5 (1957): -15
56. Carter, year 1 (1977): -15
55. Obama, year 5 (2013): -12
54. Johnson, year 3 (1966): -10
53. Bill Clinton, year 7 (1999): -10
52. W. Bush, year 6 (2006): -9
51. Johnson, year 2 (1965): -8
50. Reagan, year 2 (1982): -6


49. Eisenhower, year 8 (1960): -5
48. W. Bush, year 7 (2007): -4
47. Nixon, year 2 (1970): -4
46. Kennedy, year 2 (1962): -4
45. Clinton, year 2 (1994): -4
44. Clinton, year 1 (1993): -4
43. Nixon, year 6 (1974): -3.5
42. Johnson, year 1 (1964): -3
41. Obama, year 6 (2014): -3
40. Obama, year 3 (2011): -3
39. Clinton, year 3 (1995): -3
38. W. Bush, year 5 (2005): -3
37. Clinton, year 6 (1998): -2
36. Carter, year 2 (1978): -2
35. Eisenhower, year 4 (1956): -2
34. W. Bush, year 3 (2003): -2
33. Reagan, year 5 (1985): -2
32. Truman, year 6 (1951): -1
31. Truman, year 1 (1946): -1
30. W. Bush, year 8 (2008): +0


29. Nixon, year 3 (1971): +0
28. Eisenhower, year 2 (1954): +0
27. W. Bush, year 4 (2004): +0
26. Truman, year 2 (1947): +2
25. Nixon, year 1 (1969): +2
24. H. W. Bush, year 1 (1989): +3
23. Obama, year 2 (2010): +3
22. Eisenhower, year 6 (1958): +3
21. Clinton, year 8 (2000): +3
20. Eisenhower, year 1 (1953): +4
19. Eisenhower, year 3 (1955): +4
18. H. W. Bush, year 2 (1990): +5
17. Obama, year 4 (2012): +5
16. Clinton, year 5 (1997): +6
15. Ford, year 2 (1975): +6.5


14. Eisenhower, year 7 (1959): +7
13. Ford, year 3 (1976): +7
12. Nixon, year 4 (1972): +7
11. Kennedy, year 1 (1961): +7
10. Clinton, year 4 (1996): +9
9. Reagan, year 4 (1984): +9
8. Reagan, year 7 (1987): +10
7. Truman, year 7 (1952): +10
5. Reagan, year 8 (1988): +10
6. H. W. Bush, year 4 (1992): +10
4. Reagan, year 3 (1983): +15
3. Carter, year 3 (1979): +17.5


2. Truman, year 3 (1948): +19

And the winner:

1. W. Bush, year 1 (2001): +28